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I'm having a hard time getting my 1996 Ford Explorer to crank,the only thing it's doing is making a crunk sound.and it's coming from by the solenid it's a black box on the same side.I charge the batt.

Don't know what else to do HELPput on a new solenoil don't know what else to do like I said it's making a churnking sound and it's not getting any power

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This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine. Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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The Positive Battery Cable is known to go bad with corrosion within the copper cable at BOTH ends.... a quick fix... replace the cable... If you are careful you can use a battery jumper cable to bridge the cable between the positive battery post and the other end of the battery cable. This should be a 2 person job as a starting engine could cause the cable to move and SHORT out something and even catch the jumper cable on FIRE.... As young Will Robinson would hear at a time like this from the "Robot"... Danger young Will Robonson.... danger.... ( 1960's lost on space.... I am dating myself...)

Next would be a bad Starter or a bad connection between the starter seloniod and the Starter...

Watched a video on youtube the other day with a bad battery cable and the 12 volts went to 2 volts when trying to start with the bad cable.. It stayed at 2 volts until the battery was disconnected then reconnected.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015

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    Willie Walker Apr 28, 2015

    Can you tell me where the other end of the cable is hook to cause I couldn't find it and I have already change the termials on both cable before now

  • Willie Walker
    Willie Walker Apr 28, 2015

    Yeah I'm back in those days myself not to many people know about lost in Space lol I tried cleaning off the term. to the hot still only got that same chunking sound maybe I do need a starter there goes maybe 200.00 more dollars so I'm game for whatever...

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